4-Year-Old Girl Dead, Teen Wounded In ‘Domestic’ Shooting In Kansas, Police Say


GARDEN CITY, Kan. — On Wednesday, at around 12:45 PM, Officers of the Garden City Police Department were called to a shooting that had just occurred. The victim notified dispatch he was in the area of Abe Hubert Elementary School. Once officers arrived, they located a 16-year-old juvenile with a gunshot wound. Officers learned the school was not involved in the incident. He was transported to St. Catherine Hospital with critical injuries.

While officers were investigating the incident in the parking lot of Abe Hubert, dispatchers were notified of a second shooting victim at 1307 north 12th Street. Upon arrival, Officers located a 4-year-old girl with a gunshot wound.

Officers say the incident occurred as a result of a “domestic dispute.” The 4-year old girl sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by Finney County EMS to St. Catherine Hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased.

The suspect Justin Franco, 31, 1307 N 8th Street, was located at his home and taken into custody by officers without incident.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and loved ones of everyone affected by this tragedy, police wrote in a statement.”

Police did not reveal the relationship between the suspect and the victims, nor did they say what led up to the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

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